Painshill
Historical & Heritage ToursParksGardens
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Painshill is a beautiful award-winning 18th century landscape garden in Surrey. The 160 acre wonderland has something for everyone and makes a great family day out. Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG), and some of Surrey's amazing wildlife. You can spend a whole day at Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes around the Serpentine Lake. Dogs on short leads are welcome. Bring a picnic or visit Hamilton's Tea Room. Visit the Painshill Shop for gifts, greeting cards and to buy Painshill English Sparkling Wine.
Cobham, Surrey, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Retiredandhappee
Reading, UK45 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We visited at 2.00 pm on a Sunday afternoon. Car park is a good size and was busy but there were spaces. When you book online, you have to select a one hour arrival time slot but can stay as long as you like after arrival. We were 10 minutes late, but it didn’t cause any problems. Fortunately, the weather was glorious for October and the views from the hilly area across Surrey were fantastic. We chose the ‘long’ walk which wasn’t really that long as the state is only 160 acres. The landscaping and the lake are very attractive. It’s a great place for children to let off steam. There is a working water wheel which lifts water from the River Mole to the lake and you can watch the mechanism as it lifts the water. We visited the tower but it was closed so we couldn’t go up to the top. (There were toilets in there but we didn’t check them out). The walk back to the main entrance area took in the Turkish Tent and Temple of Bacchus from where there are great views. We also visited the Grotto (which is not always open) and a helpful volunteer guide explained how it was constructed. There is a kitchen garden near the entrance, half of which was not open to visitors. The kitchen garden itself was a little disappointing, being mostly raised beds but I suspect that its restoration is an ongoing project (or hope so at least). The toilets near the cafe were a let-down - not great at all and I’d only give them 4/10, which is why I’ve only given four stars. We had tea and cake in the cafe which we enjoyed. All in all, an enjoyable afternoon out of London.
Written 10 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Painshill and we hope to be able to welcome you back again soon.
Written 11 October 2023
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,777 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The car park is large, and to enter you cross a bridge to the entrance, cafe, toilets and a small walled garden.

These are former pleasure grounds with a number of follies. It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a while. It has extensive grounds with a number of different paths and combinations. To do the whole circuit leisurely would take a couple of hours. We arrived early afternoon and left around 4.30.

The Crystal grotto isn't open on Mondays and at present work is ongoing on one entrance. The Chinese bridge is out of action but there is a substitute pontoon bridge, and the Gothic tower isn't open, although the toilets are. We wandered as far as the watermill and then back via the lake. It is hilly in places or there is a flat route that will miss out the Gothic temple and temple of Bacchus and Turkish Tent, which you can see from the level.
Written 4 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Painshill and for the five stars. We hope that we are able to welcome you back to Painshill again soon.
Written 9 October 2023
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Herbie-Green
Guildford, UK2,299 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Park just gets better and better. New additions from last visit were the Temple of Bacchus, the Hermitage and a fully open and restored Grotto. Having seen the progress since first visit in 1982 when it was all derelict, it is superb to see it reaching its zenith - Charles Hamilton would be very proud of the trusts achievements. A shame the café is so chaotic, with much other than coffee and cake unavailable by 3pm and no real order to the serving. We were there for the Artisan Fair, which was slightly disappointing too - food and drink stalls were good, although the bread had all run out before we arrived at 2pm, and many of the stalls were a bit trinkety or chocolate boxy. This does not detract from the main show, which is the park itself - truly a walk that is a work of art!
Written 25 September 2023
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Thank you for the five star review. Mr Hamilton's Tea Room is always popular and can sometimes get a little busy. The good news is that we have plans in place to offer additional alternative food and drinks options in the near future. We are delighted that you feel that Charles Hamilton would be proud of the Trust's achievements to date. We look forward to welcoming you back to Painshill soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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Sue B
Weybridge, UK64 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Enjoyed a walk round the grounds as have visited many times before, came with a friend who had not been here. The main disappointment was the cafe and the very poor choice and quality of the food offered at lunchtime. A limited selection of sandwiches, all on thin white sliced bread with unimaginative and small amount of fillings. The hot food selection was very unappetising, it looked like it had sat on a hot plate for a long time, tired looking sausage rolls, another pastry offering and a few chips. Not one vaguely healthy option, which is sad considering they have a vegetable garden which produces food. A few cakes on open display which is not good hygiene practice. The staff seemed uninterested. A very poor experience when it could be so much better. I would not visit the cafe again though the gardens are worth a visit.
Written 21 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your visit. We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience of the tea room. Our Chef prides himself on preparing fresh daily seasonal specials including items such as jacket potatoes, salads, omelettes, soups and more. These items can be chosen from the menu board and are cooked fresh for each order and therefore, they are not sitting under the hot plate counter. There are also plans to offer some alternative foods and drinks options outside of the tea room soon. We hope to be able to welcome you back to Painshill soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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Amy A
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom203 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
A lovely place to visit, beautiful views and interesting follies. The guides available at each spot give a great and interesting over view. A lovely walk we ended up being there about 2.5 hours.
Written 3 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased to hear that you had a lovely walk and hope that we can welcome you back again soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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anna68
London, UK525 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Don’t normally do reviews for U.K. places but we had such a wonderful family afternoon here I felt compelled. Absolutely stunning grounds, so many beautiful views and a lovely walk from one end to the other. Would happily go back and take a picnic to enjoy the scenery. Great ice cream on the way out too!
Written 2 September 2023
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Thank you for your five star review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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Zack
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
I visited 2 weeks ago on Wednesday, and it was beautiful. Beautiful scenery, and lovely atmosphere. I had an incredible omelette made by the chef and the serves given was 10/10. Definitely recommend going and trying the chefs food.
Written 16 August 2023
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Thank you for your five star review and for supporting our small, independent charity. We hope to be able to welcome you back to Painshill again soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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Jade
London, UK4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Stunning surroundings
Walked for about 2 hours and thorough enjoed !
Nice and very clean,we enjoyed a nuce coffe at the coffe shop!
Written 14 August 2023
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Thank you for your five star review! We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon.
Written 2 October 2023
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Jeannie
Tonbridge, UK50 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Loved this place so much , it's stunning .
It took us about 2 hrs to walk around at our leisure.
Lovely little restaurant to.
Written 7 July 2023
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Food&Traveller
Newport, UK42 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited ver last minute so only had an hour and wished we could have stayed longer
Shop lady was incredibly friendly and helpful even checking if we were NHS/military etc. as they do a discount.
The grounds are gorgeous with some really interesting structures to visit.
There are different walks listed including an accessible route for wheelchairs/prams (although we didn’t walk this one so cannot comment on it)
Sadly we visited on a Monday which means the crystal grotto was closed, yet you still pay for a full price ticket.
Toilets were incredibly hot (as underground) which made them very smelly and we did not eat in the cafe.
Written 4 July 2023
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